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  1. “Sen. Annette Taddeo” JOIN THE SAT MARCH 24TH AGINST GUNS

    March 22, 2018 by admin


    This weekend, students across the country are marching for common-sense gun reform.

    It’s called the March for Our Lives, and these rallies will take place on Saturday, March 24 in Miami-Dade County, Washington, DC, and across the world.

    Though the NRA and powerful special interests are working to silence these voices, I believe we need to amplify what the students have to say.

    One of those students is my daughter, Sofia. She knows that we can’t allow this violence to continue, and she’s asked me to change it.

    I agree with her. Click here to join the March for Our Lives on Saturday and find your nearest march >>>

    Your Friend in the Fight,


  2. Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America -Support Paulette Jordan

    March 21, 2018 by admin


    The toxic effect of corporate money in our politics isn’t just a problem in Washington, D.C. It’s also a problem in all 50 states.

    Here in 2018 there are a growing number of progressive champions running for governor to take on corporate power. As we saw in 2010 when Scott Walker and other Tea Party Republicans won, state governors matter a lot in the battle for the future of our country.

    That’s why Democracy for America is excited to endorse Paulette Jordan for Governor of Idaho — because she’s building a smart, grassroots campaign focused on confronting the out-of-control, corporate interests running her state. Her campaign can serve as a powerful model for leaders across America.

    If elected, Paulette Jordan will also be the United States’ first Native American governor. She’s a former member of the Coeur d’Alene tribal council and currently the only Democrat in the legislature from conservative northern Idaho. She knows how to win in places other Democrats don’t think they can.

    Will you help this progressive turn a red state blue? Chip in $3 or more to help elect Paulette Jordan in 2018!

    As Governor, Paulette Jordan won’t just be an unrelenting champion for progressive values in Idaho, she’ll be a historic trailblazer who will help bring the voices of all people to the halls of power in Boise and across the country.

    As a Democrat elected in conservative North Idaho, Paulette knows first-hand that Democrats win in red terrain not by running from our progressive values, but by running on them and developing the inclusive populist coalition needed to realize their promise.

    Paulette Jordan knows that health care is a human right — and how important it is to deliver it in a rural state like Idaho. She will protect public lands from greedy corporate interests, and promote renewable energy — helping fight back against Trump in a state where Republicans take their voters for granted.

    In numerous special elections over the last year it’s become clear Democrats can win anywhere, especially when they run on a progressive agenda that brings together regular Democratic voters and voters from the New American Majority. Paulette Jordan represents that New American Majority — young, a woman of color, and deeply progressive. She can win in Idaho. Will you help?

    Chip in $3 or more to take on the far-right in all 50 states! Help elect Paulette Jordan in 2018.

    Thank you for supporting this inspiring progressive leader.

    – Jim

    Jim Dean, Chair

    Democracy for America

  3. How Tom Tillis may have won the Senate seat in NC

    March 21, 2018 by admin

    Richard, have you heard? A pair of bombshell reports released this week exposed the illegal work of a shady data firm with Russian ties caught stealing the Facebook data of 50 million Americans to improperly influence our elections — including North Carolina voters like you and me.

    What’s more: Thom Tillis, Patrick McHenry, and the North Carolina Republican Party paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to this shady firm since 2014.

    Before there was a Trump campaign, North Carolina Republicans were helping line the pockets of this shady, Russian-linked firm and allowed it to steal information to manipulate voters right here at home.

    Free and fair elections are the foundation of our democracy, Richard — but North Carolina Republicans paid a firm who worked against it.


    March 21, 2018 by admin

    Healthcare for All-WNC offers an eye-opening documentary film “Big Pharma: Market Failure.” Shocking facts about pharmaceutical costs and what we can do to reduce them. Discussion will follow the film. Date is Thursday March 22, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at Lord Auditorium of Pack Memorial Library in downtown Asheville. Parking in City Garage — entrance off Rankin Ave. Admission is free. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Hosted by Healthcare for All WNC (Local branch of Physicians for a National Health Program). For more info, please contact Frank L. Fox at


  5. Weekly Action Alert from Indivisible

    March 21, 2018 by admin

    Weekly Action Alert from Indivisible AVL

    On Saturday, March 24, students from Polk High School, Asheville High School, A.C. Reynolds High School, Tuscola High School and T.C. Roberson High School will lead the way in the March for Our Lives–Asheville, in solidarity with the march in Washington DC and in cities across the nation.

    March side by side with your fellow Indivisibles; we’ll meet at 10:45 am, just before the march begins at 11 am, just outside of French Broad Chocolate Lounge. Look for the Indivisible Asheville/WNC sign. The march will begin at Pack Square at the Vance Monument and proceed to Martin Luther King Jr. Park, a few blocks away.

    End Trump’s illegal war in Yemen: support S.J. Res. 54. This bipartisan resolution is a rare opportunity for Congress to take back its constitutional war making authority, and declare Trump’s war in Yemen unauthorized. The Senate will vote Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. You can review Indivisible’s resource for more information about the situation in Yemen and use our call script to call both your senators.

    Not sure who your representatives are or how to contact them? Check out GovTrack.

    Volunteer to help out with Preserving & Cherishing the Earth, on April 22 from noon – 5 p.m. This is a special Earth Day event featuring Climate Scientist Michael Mann, author of the book “Return To The Madhouse: Climate Change Denial in the Age of Trump,” along with other speakers and great activities. We’re looking for about nine Indivisible volunteers to help make this important event happen. We need sign ups this week. Volunteers are needed from 11:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. Email Carolyn Anderson at to get involved.
    Wed. March 21—Beer & Politics: Informal letter-writing drop-in, 5:30-7:00 pm, Westville Pub.
    Thurs. March 22–Congress Watch Meeting: Join us as we work towards throwing a going-away party for Meadows and McHenry in November. 5:30-7:00 pm, location TBA.
    Thurs. March 22- “Big Pharma: Market Failure” Documentary Film Screening: Feeling outraged by out-of-control drug prices? Healthcare for All-WNC offers an eye-opening documentary film. Discussion will follow.
    Sat. March 24–March for Our Lives, Asheville March: 11 am Beginning at Pack Square, at the Vance Monument, and marching to Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Organized by high school students from Polk, Asheville, A.C. Reynolds, Tuscola and T.C. Roberson, and by Moms Demand Action.
    Tues. March 27–Indivisible AVL General Meeting: 6:00-7:30 pm, at Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St, Asheville. We’ll focus on voter registration and offer a voter registration training so we can get out the vote! We’ll also host a Q&A with state senators and reps from Buncombe County, to learn more about what’s going on in Raleigh and what to expect when the next session convenes in May.
    Thurs. March 29–ERA-NC Alliance Districts 10 and 11 Action Teams will meet at 6:30 pm at the YWCA, 185 S. French Broad Avenue. Discussion will include background and status of the Equal Rights Amendment, communicating with legislators and finding allies in each County in WNC. For more information, contact Ellen Perry at or Jimmie Cochran Pratt at
    Do you have upcoming actions or events we should share with our members? Please email and let us know.

    For the latest Action Alerts, be sure to follow us on Facebook or Twitter and check the website for Action Updates.

    Thank you for standing Indivisible.

  6. We must fight back against Judicial Gerrymandering

    March 21, 2018 by admin

    Once again, politicians in Raleigh are planning more bad laws that will hurt Western North Carolina voters.

    Legislators won’t return to Raleigh until May 2018; but some have already threatened to gerrymander our state courts, take control of the N.C. Supreme Court, and even rewrite our constitution to enshrine limits to voting access. And that could only be the beginning.

    Buncombe County is directly impacted by these attacks; but it’s not too early to fight back.

    Join us for our first “Fair Courts, Fair Votes” Town Hall on Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m., at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center (285 Livington St., Asheville, N.C. 28801).

    Sponsored by Democracy North Carolina, NAACP of North Carolina, North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections (NCVCE), and Progress NC, this 90-minute event will provide a look at these and other important issues impacting voters and how you can fight back against attacks on our democracy in 2018.

    Have questions? Reply to this email, or contact NCVCE’s Melissa Price Kromm at

    Hope to see you soon!

    Darlene Azarmi

  7. Latest on school shotings

    March 21, 2018 by admin

    The horrible school shooting that happened this morning in Maryland was yet another reminder of the unacceptable price families across the country are paying for our elected officials’ inaction on guns.

    Our hearts are broken for the families that have been impacted. From Columbine to Newtown to Parkland and now Great Mills High School, gun violence in schools continues to be an ever-present threat. Yet every time a mass shooting occurs, our politicians offer thoughts and prayers but fail to take real action to address the problem.

    This Saturday, millions of people all over the world will join the Parkland students for the March For Our Lives, an organized protest demanding that we do whatever it takes to finally address gun violence in this country.

    The bravery of the young people who are leading this movement is so inspiring. That’s why we’re asking Democracy for America members to join them in the streets.

    Are you ready to join the March for Our Lives this weekend? Text MARCH to 33250 now to sign up to attend an event near Asheville.

    Not able to attend the march? Chip in $3 or more right now to fuel DFA’s fight to pass meaningful gun reform now.

    Text MARCH to 33250
    In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, students have been standing up — and the change we need on gun violence has been happening right in front of us.

    Shortly after the mass shooting, the surviving students began vocally fighting for legal changes to ensure that what happened to them would never happen to anyone else. They’ve mobilized millions to sign petitions, make phone calls and even walk out of school to push our elected officials to pass common sense gun reforms.

    As an organization, DFA stands in solidarity with students, teachers and everyone who has been or could potentially be victims of gun violence. The movement to prioritize safety by enacting gun reform is growing, and with more than 800 marches scheduled worldwide, Saturday could be the biggest day of action to save lives yet.

    Are you ready to hit the streets with students nationwide to fight for common sense gun reforms? Then text MARCH to 33250 to sign up for a March for Our Lives event near Asheville.

    Can’t make it to the march on Saturday? Pitch in $3 or more to support DFA’s work to pressure our elected officials to take action on gun violence now.

    We cannot afford to let this problem persist any longer. Thanks for taking action now.

    – Carson

    Carson Malbrough, Organizing Intern
    Democracy for America


    March 20, 2018 by admin

    Ever since Parkland, when we enter school we must acknowledge the fact that we might not come out alive. Fearing for our lives instead of pursuing our education is a widespread epidemic that we, the students, are ready to end once and for all. We are organizing March For Our Lives in Asheville, NC, on March 24th starting at 11:00 AM at 68 Haywood Street ending at Pack Square around the Vance Monument. For more information, contact Asheville’s sister march for the national March For Our Lives is being organized and led by 10 local high school students and a new local chapter of Moms Demand Action, as part of a nationwide effort to end gun violence. Join us in supporting these amazing young people, who say, “Ever since Parkland, when we enter school we must acknowledge the fact that we might not come out alive. Fearing for our lives instead of pursuing our education is a widespread epidemic that we, the students, are ready to end once and for all.” The march will begin at 11:00 am at Pack Square around the Vance Monument, ending at MLK. In the words of the students, “Join us, be heard, and make a difference.”



  9. Senior Dems Monthy Meeting April 12-2018

    March 20, 2018 by admin

    Senior Dems Monthy Meeting

    When: Thu, April 12, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
    Where: BCDP Headquarters, 951 Old Fairview Rd., Asheville, 28803
    Description: Buncombe County Senior Dems will be meeting at 5:00 PM on the 2nd Thursday of the month. We will have a Pot Luck so bring a covered dish.
    Contact: Please RSVP to Dick Warren, 956-357-1864.

  10. More from Fred Pennell

    March 20, 2018 by admin

    March 6 came and went. Trump’s final date for the resolution of the DACA kids.
    Let the mass deportations begin. Hell with the cruelty and injustice, and billions spent.
    Remember the promise that Republican Senate Maj. leader Mitch( our main goal is to
    make this n… a one term pres. We all pledge to say no to everything he proposes.).
    He promised in early Feb., that if the Dems would vote to keep Gov’t running, that he
    would bring a hearing, and a vote to the floor to possibly resolve the issue. The Dems,
    clueless and hopeful as ever, complied …TWICE. I searched the news every day.
    Did I miss it…What was the vote ? A promise to these people is a……… :
    NEVER MIND … Radner as Emily Lattella
    BUT NNNOOOOOO…Steve Martin, 1970’s
    I’M ONLY KIDDING…Colbert, 2015-2018

    China’s leader declares himself Pres. for life. donald makes lame joke, thinking me too.
    Trump reneges on promise to continue Obama’s ban on imported animal trophies. Will
    allow elephant,lion heads, etc. of other animals on a”‘case by case” basis. The one
    decent thing he has done in 15 months…….Thanks Dad, said Uday and Kusai.
    Tweets intends to impose Steel and Al tariffs on China. Other tariffs on goods from most
    of our key allies. Does not consult anyone. All countries warn of retaliation and trade
    war. His staff, CEO’s of major corps, and Western leaders beg him to stop. Then
    again, like with military matters, he knows best. Only he has the answers to MAGA.
    Trump reneges on all positive statements made in a bipartisan meeting after the
    Parkland HS massacre. NRA officials met with him that night, and since they were
    the last ones he talked with on the issue…….So instead of the positive changes that
    sent Feinstein into the Big O, at their meeting : Trump to appoint a committee ” to
    study” eleven issues related to mass murders . Headed by, you guessed it….. Betsy
    Devos. Of all the unqualified people he placed in his “best and brightest” cabinet, she
    was by far the worst. Also the most protested and scorned since. Even more than the
    EPA directer.
    Trump’s top economic adviser resigns in protest of the tariffs. One of only 3 of his
    appointees with the knowledge, experience, and moral courage to do their jobs, and
    say no to his stupid and cruel decisions….gone.
    Jarrod K., wife of Ivanka Trump, has his top secret security clearance removed due to
    questionable meetings with Russians, foreign bankers, foreign “businessmen”. All
    sought him due to obvious connections, and that he was a boy “easily manipulated.”
    Yeah, just ask Ivanka !!!
    Hope Hicks, senior adviser, resigns after admits to a Congressional committee that she
    sometimes lied for PPOS Trump. donald angry with her for “being so stupid” Not his
    way at all !!!
    “What chaos, there is NO CHAOS AT THE WH .( donald)
    “What he said!” (Sarah H. Sanders: I pride myself on never admitting a lie, I’m the best).

    And this week the calm
    before the Stomy of next